It’s been a while since I’ve had a chance to look through the archives of my blogging journals and see what I’ve promised to write about and haven’t written about yet. So, with that in mind, I was thumbing through my notebook today, and I a project I had wanted to write about from last February that I haven’t had time to yet.
Last year, Firecracker spent a couple of weeks completing a science unit on astronomy. As part of this unit, he was introduced to the idea of his position in the universe. This was by taking a slice of the universe.
A slice of the universe starts underneath our feet and goes all the way to the stars and planets above. We constructed our own piece of the universe.
We started with a piece of white bulletin board paper that we unrolled for our project. We cut apart brown construction paper and layered it for the ground. Firecracker and I found some clip art worms (and even a clip art skeleton to put into our ground.
Then we cut green construction paper into a nice grass shape and glued it down. A house was also quickly made with construction paper.
Firecracker decided to draw on his people and some airplanes and helicopters. Cotton balls would form the clouds.
Finally, he made a big yellow pom-pom for the sun, and several other pom-poms to be planets in the distance. He even added some foam star stickers to be the stars in the sky. (The big red pom pom is Jupiter!)
I thought it turned out to be a really nice way to illustrate how the earth extends up into space and that it also extends far down below our feet. As an artsy Mom, I was also very excited to be able to combine science with a nice use of collage.